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I take full responsibility - Ward

John Ward
Ward accused his players of "feeling sorry for themselves"

Carlisle United manager John Ward says he will "keep working hard" to turn his team's fortunes around after Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Hereford United.

Ward is facing calls for his dismissal from some sections of the Cumbrians' support following a run of six defeats in seven games.

Ward told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I'll take full responsibility for it. It's been going on for too long.

"I'm the one who can do something about it and I promise you that I will."

After four wins from their opening five league games, Carlisle have now taken just one point out of a possible 21 in League One - their worst run of form since 2003.

"I'm annoyed but no less annoyed than the supporters who travelled down here and the people back home," Ward said.

"As I say, I take full responsibility as the manager but they [the players] shouldn't hide behind me.

"We've all got to stand up and say what part should we be playing now?"

Andy Williams' 60th-minute goal gave Hereford only their second win of the season to leave Carlisle 15th in League One.

Ward continued: "It was agreed that we needed an extra five or 10% or more from everybody and we didn't see it. They did everything but that.

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"They're quiet and feeling sorry for themselves as some of them showed on the pitch and that's something we can't tolerate."

The Cumbrians travel to Colchester United on Saturday looking for their first away since the opening day of the season.

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see also
Hereford 1-0 Carlisle
21 Oct 08 |  League One
Carlisle 3-3 Peterborough
18 Oct 08 |  League One
Cumbrians must toughen up - Ward
11 Oct 08 |  Carlisle
Ward annoyed by poor form
06 Oct 08 |  Football


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